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A Vegas First!

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by thecarve, Feb 21, 2014.

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  1. thecarve

    thecarve Misanthrope

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    Get ready to roll your eyes, gang, 'cause this thread is nothing more than an excuse to toot my own horn. :rolleyes2: The Vegas first I'm celebrating is...

    This will be my first Vegas trip (of 41) where I will be staying in a non-smoking room! Yep, after 23+ years of worshiping at the alter of Phillip Morris, I am now nearly six weeks removed from lighting up. :headbang:

    I'm not off nicotine yet. I still chew one or two pieces of nicotine gum each day and puff on an e-cig occasionally. But dammit, I'm proud of myself - this is the longest I've gone without a cig in...well, probably 23+ years (despite dozens of attempts).

    I'm fairly confident that I'll be okay during my Vegas trip in two weeks. I'm sure I'll be tempted plenty. But I think I can handle it (knock on wood). I've managed to deal with some stressful situations as well as some nights of heavy drinking without breaking down so far. But I know Vegas will be quite a challenge. Where else is smoking so prevalent in public? Not to mention all the booze, food and gambling-induced anxiety.

    Anyway, this thread really isn't ALL about braggadocio. I'm actually hoping that by telling you all this, I'll be able to add "shame" to my lists of reasons I don't want to relapse! And I'm also sure that there are plenty of you guys who've been in this situation before...

    Any suggestions, tips, hints, etc for dealing with Vegas as a newly minted non-smoker?
    :peace:
     
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  2. wpete

    wpete High-Roller

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    Congrats. I smoked for 17 years and know it's the hardest thing I ever had to quit. Quitting drinking was piece of cake compared to trying to quit smoking. The first week is a real bitch, especially during those times where you ALWAYS lit up.

    I chewed the gum the first time I quit and was smoke free for 6 months. Then I had 'just one' cig with a bunch of friends one night. Don't fall for that. Within 2 weeks after 'one cig' I went out and bought a carton.

    The 2nd and final time I quit I used the patch. That worked very well. Been smoke free for 15 years now. After I was fairly certain that I kicked it, I quit drinking.

    BTW, you know that you kicked the smoking habit, or at least very well on your way when you can have a drink and not want a smoke.

    Congrats again.
     
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  3. nystocktrader

    nystocktrader Tourist

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    Congrats,

    Just remember you are STRONGER then those sticks.
    My last cig was at Mccarran in September 1999.

    3 hours, 3 days, 3 weeks, now just get to 3 months.

    Well done.
     
  4. Happily

    Happily High-Roller

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    That is SO fantastic! Good for you! That's hard work. Nice that you're going to Vegas already a winner. Woo hoo!
     
  5. firstkill

    firstkill High-Roller

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    Congrats

    Saving your self from lung and heart disease is priceless

    Fk
     
  6. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    Stay strong!!! Try to play in non-smoking areas, etc. Use the gum if you need to. Way better than a regular cigarette. I quit tobacco before 21, fortunately. :)
     
  7. BlueBellThunder

    BlueBellThunder Low-Roller

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    Hopefully when your around all that smoke in the casinos you'll realize how much it stinks. When I quit smoking in 2003, my first trip to a casino was 3 months after I quit and when I was in the casino I realized for the first time ever that cigarettes smell horrible. If you get that same reaction you should be fine. Now when I'm around someone who's smoking I can't stand the smell, and my eyes sometimes water up.

    Good luck.
     
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  8. Patti_H

    Patti_H Low-Roller

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    Congrats! Especially on making the choice to quit before going to Vegas instead of when you get back. I'm not a smoker but have loved ones who are, so the fact you quit now shows me you are serious. As Happily said - you are already a winner. I hope you have a great trip.
     
  9. Iu25

    Iu25 High-Roller

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    Congrats, it takes a will of men to stop smoking, ive done it numerous times lol! Once about 3 or 4 years ago I had not had a cig in almost 2 months, then went to Vegas! I was ok for the first night then something happened on the second night and I got really blitzed, next thing I know I had bought a pack and it was half gone! Im an odd sort of smoker though. I can put them down for a week or two at a time and pick right back up where I left off. I even quit about a year ago for 8 months and just used an ecig. I commend you on your effort and hope you do ok while out there! Im shooting for stopping after I get back next week, one last smoking party in Vegas for me!
     
  10. travloh

    travloh Tourist

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    Nice job!

    I quit in 2009, and it is great not having those nicotine hooks in me. I feel better physically and about myself.

    Concentrate on viewing yourself as a non-smoker. All those people lighting up just haven't gotten it yet. YOU are stronger than any addiction or craving.
     
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  11. jackincols

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    I can't congratulate you enough, carve. I quit drinking 20 years ago (and still went to Vegas) and that was a snap compared to stopping the smoking.

    And this comes from a dumbass that has COPD and I still smoke about 6-8 cigarettes a day. I've tried to quit numerous times. Best I did was 6 months so I know first hand how hard it is to stop.

    Wishing you nothing but the best of luck.
     
  12. TRN

    TRN High-Roller

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    Congrats, well done. Keep up the hard work!

    Vegas has plenty of temptation - not just the smoke... the ladies, throwing away too much $, the booze, the ladies :) It's just one more thing to smile and laugh about now.
     
  13. northerngirl

    northerngirl Low-Roller

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    Congratulations! I loved to smoke more than anything and quit about ten years ago after having the horrible habit for thirty plus years.

    I knew from past experience that you can never ever have just one steamer! My first trip to Vegas as a non smoker I was a little concerned. I went with my two smoking sisters and we shared a smoking room. Between the smell of the room and seeing how much work it was for them to smoke in what has become a non smoking society, I never had the urge to bum one steamer from them.

    P.s. As an added benefit, look at all the extra Vegas money you now have.
     
  14. Joe

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    Nice going Carve!:thumbsup:

    I quit a few decades ago after smoking for 25+ years. The first year I always wanted to sit next to a smoker. Now, I can't stand the smell and want to be as far away as possible. Very tough in Vegas.

    As mentioned, I know if I ever lit up one again, I'd be buying my own packs and I do mean plural, the next day. Don't ever think about having one again!:poke:
     
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  15. Blonde_4_ever

    Blonde_4_ever "The Welfare Queen of Windsor"

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    Good for you!!!![​IMG]
    That is a great accomplishment! Stay strong!

    I am one of the lucky ones. I smoked one cigarette when I was 18, coughed up a lung, and thought "Why is this fun again?" Never touched another one.
     
  16. MNVegasgal

    MNVegasgal Low-Roller

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    I just want to add my congratulations! I lost my Mom to stage for lung cancer. She smoked her entire adult life (through pregnancy with 8 kids) and tried many times to quit. I wish you nothing but the best.. hopefully you will be rewarded with a BIG WIN in Vegas for your BIG WIN in life!
     
  17. sybgal

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    WONDERFUL!! So happy for you Carve. I too quit about 10 months ago and next month will be my 1st trip without tobacco BUT I will be taking my e-cig vapor. I am working on reducing my nicotine levels but still depend on it as much for the habit as the "fix". I know it won't be a problem since I go to our local boat regularly and have people smoking around me a lot. If you keep that e-cig handy....just in case....I bet you will be fine! Have a really great trip!!!
     
  18. blackjacknut

    blackjacknut VIP Whale

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    My last cig..was on the last day of my last trip to Vegas, January 8, 2014....I have not had anything quit cold turkey. I however know when I return to Vegas I will be tempted. So I'm going to do the E-cig if I have a craving..my craving usually happens when I'm at the table playing BJ while drinking. Try and E-cig.
     
  19. topcard

    topcard Older than the Stardust!

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    Congrats on your progress & I applaud your courage to walk into the mouth of the lion - Las Vegas.
    I've 'quit' so many times, I've lost count.
    My #1 "trigger" to return to my precious Camel Lights is Las Vegas.

    So, I've surrendered when it comes to Vegas - so much so that even when I'm in 'non-smoker' status, I just go ahead and buy a carton a day or two before my flight out there...I know I'll smoke when I get out there, so why try to kid myself?
    And, after this upcoming trip, I'll "quit" again.
    Rinse.
    Repeat.

    PS - I love the feeling of being like Robin Hood on my last day in Vegas - giving away packs to other players who ask if they can bum a smoke from me! I toss them the pack and say 'keep 'em!'
     
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    Finally have the room booked! Look for me Feb 21-23
  20. Kickin

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    Big congrats man and good luck going forward. If you can resist in such a smoke-filled place like Vegas that's saying a lot. Since you're getting healthier you can use it as an excuse to totally trash your body with drugs and alcohol for the weekend. :wink2:
     
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